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A Comparison Of The Film Versions Of William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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A Comparison of the Film Versions of William Golding's Lord of the Flies

We have read Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954) and also seen
the scene “the death of Piggy” in the two film versions directed by
Peter Brook (1961) and Harry Hook (1994). The black and white version
by Peter Brook is very close to the text since the characters look the
same in the film as they are described.

Harry Hooks’ intentions for this film were to make it have a lot of
action and to make money from it. Where as Peter Brook is just trying
to make a moving image of the text and he doesn’t plan to make it more
exciting.

The colour version by Harry Hook is quite different from the text
because of how it has been adapted to fit modern life. It has been
adapted so much that it isn’t really a moving image of Golding’s
novel. It is quite different because of the variations that have been
made. Such as how it is in colour and the children are American and
not English. Also they swear in this film. Harry Hooks’ intentions for
this film were to make it have a lot of action

Differences between films

In Peter Brooks’ version of the film a spear is levered under the rock
before the eventual death of piggy. This is important because it is
showing that the murder is premeditated and that the children had
intentions to kill him. In Harry Hooks’ version, one of the boys
pushes the rock. This is wrong because it is showing that Piggys death
is not necessarily premeditated and it could have just been an
accident what is not as bad as murder. In the text a spear is placed
under the rock implying that it was heavy and needed some force to
move it.

In the text it says that “Ralph heard the great rock long before he
saw it. He was aware of a jolt in the earth that came to him through
the soles of his feet, and the braking sound of stones at the top of
the cliff. Then the monstrous red thing bounded across the neck and he
flung himself flat while the tribe shrieked” This is saying that when
the boulder started rolling down the cliff, Ralph jumped on the floor
and made no attempt to save piggy. He was looking out for himself and
that he didn’t care what happened to Piggy.

In Harry Hooks’ version Ralph Shout’s “no” showing that Ralph cares
about what happens to piggy. Even though he doesn’t make an attempt to
save him it is still showing that he is making an effort to warn him
instead of thinking about himself. This is a significant difference
because it is showing that Ralph cares about Piggy in the colour
version but not in the text and the black and white version.

Also in the text and the black and white version the tribe shriek when
the boulder is released from the hill top, but in the colour version
none of the tribe say a word. This shows that they don’t think that
killing piggy is very bad....

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